€150 bonus planned for buying green white goods
The Local · 30 Aug 2008, 12:30
Published: 30 Aug 2008 12:30 GMT+02:00
Business magazine Wirtschaftswoche published Economy Minister Michael Glos’ energy policy paper at the weekend, which includes the fridge- and washing machine payment idea.
His advisors have told him that although the energy use of fridges and washing machines have dropped by up to 80 percent since 1990, the average fridge age in Germany is 14 years, while average washing machines are 17 years old.
Glos’ white goods premium would run until 2012 should it be adopted by the government.
Car manufacturers and dealers will also be made to inform drivers about how best to drive in order to save fuel, which can save up to a quarter without impinging on travel comfort, the ministry says.